Northern lights photography workshop – Utsjoki – January 2020

We just returned from Utsjoki in the far north of Finnish Lapland, where we held a very successful Northern Lights photography workshop. Together with Australian photographer Lisa Michele Burns and local company Aurora Holidays, we guided a group of 7 enthusiastic photographers from all over the world through the wonderful landscapes of Finnish Lapland during the so-called Polar Night. First things first: northern lights photography workshop The Aurora (aka the…

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Spring birdwatching on Hornøya

After a wonderful summer on the Varanger peninsula 2 years ago, I decided to return in the middle of March, for some spring birdwatching on Hornøya island. I was based as most of the years in March in the north of Finnish Lapland, which allowed me for a long day road trip and back. What a great idea this was! The trip itself is a treat for the eyes, with…

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The polar bear that was stranded on Karl-XII island in Svalbard

We saw only one bear from a "photographic distance" during our expedition around Svalbard at the beginning of May 2018. It looked like he was stranded on Karl-XII island, after the sea ice had already retreated a few hundred kilometres further. Read more about him here.

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Alkefjellet bird cliff in Svalbard

The Alkefjellet bird cliff is probably one of the most famous ones on the Svalbard archipelago. It is the home to approximately 100,000 Brünnich's guillemot that come there to breed after winter. Knowing this, the translation of Alkefjellet from the Norwegian language makes a lot of sense: the guillemot mountains. It is located on the west side of the Hinlopen Strait, on the island of Spitsbergen. Now let's just stop…

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Svalbard expedition on MS Freya (4-10 May 2018)

At the beginning of May 2018, I participated to my first Svalbard expedition on board the MS Freya. This was a long time dream for me so you can imagine how excited I was to step on the ship in Longyearbyen on 4 May 2018 for our departure. This first blog post about the Svalbard expedition is like a diary. I will write a few words about each day, with of course many photos. Each photo is accompanied by the settings that I used.

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Hornoya Island Bird Cliff in Norway

The Hornøya island bird cliff in Norway is the residence to nearly 100,000 birds that come there to breed and raise their chicks every year between March and August. It is a small island located in the Finnmark county in Norway, just off the Varanger Peninsula.

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The dramatic road to Hamningberg (Norway)

Hamningberg is an abandonned fishing village in the municipality of Båtsfjord in the very north of Norway. There is no darkness in July there at 70°N, with the midnight sun high in the sky throughout the night. This is just a perfect time to explore the road to Hamningberg. Let's drive the road to Hamningberg After spending almost a full day on the island of Hornøya, observing and photographing the…

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